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Apr 13, 2019

Blockstack: Blockstack is building an ecosystem that gives your users control over their fundamental digital rights: Identity, data-ownership, privacy, and security

Posted by in categories: internet, security

Join us and help build the new internet.

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Apr 13, 2019

This new $12 billion airport will be the biggest in the world — take a look inside

Posted by in categories: business, transportation

Istanbul New Airport, which is now opened for business, will be able to handle 200 million passengers a year and has a massive duty free area as well as on onsite Yotel.

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Apr 12, 2019

Scientist injects human genes into monkeys’ brains and makes them more intelligent, study says

Posted by in category: neuroscience

You just go to the Planet of the Apes immediately.

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Apr 12, 2019

What is your first memory – and did it ever really happen?

Posted by in category: futurism

A new study found that 14% of people report a memory from age one or below. They’re likely fictitious.

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Apr 12, 2019

A mysterious E. coli outbreak has infected 72 people and counting

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

This post has been updated.

We’ve all just barely forgotten about the great American lettuce contamination of 2018, in which we were forced to forgo romaine over Thanksgiving, and another E. coli outbreak has already hit. The Centers for Disease Control released a notice of an ongoing outbreak centralized around Kentucky earlier this month, but at the time they weren’t sure what foods were to blame for the 72 illnesses and eight hospitalizations. Nearly half of those infections were in Kentucky, with the rest in Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, and Virginia.

On April 12 the CDC posted an update: 109 people have been sickened by E. coli so far (that the CDC is aware of), and cases have cropped up in a sixth state (Indiana). Seventeen people have gone to the hospital, but no deaths are reported at this time.

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Apr 12, 2019

NASA Asks SpaceX to Help It Save Earth From Incoming Asteroids

Posted by in category: space travel

Yay earth saved :DDDDDD.

Add another project to the list of collaborations between NASA and SpaceX.

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Apr 12, 2019

At various places I have seen, or posted myself, posts about helping equal out gender representation in science and technology

Posted by in categories: cosmology, internet, science

An inevitable comment is usually something along the lines of women don’t need this kind of help because “insert foolish reason here.” The announcement of the black hole image shows just why this kind of action is needed.

The soon-to-be iconic picture of Katie Bouman reacting to the first image coming through was posted. Suddenly, the Internet trolls in defense of “male scientist” broke upon the scene, The goal to denigrate Bouman’s work on the project and turn the real “hero” of the discovery to another male scientists.

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Apr 12, 2019

This Electrically Conductive Concrete Melts Snow Without Chemicals

Posted by in categories: particle physics, transportation

A special blend of concrete that can de-ice roads and pavements without the need for chemicals uses electricity to melt away snow and sleet – and it could be coming to an airport near you soon.

The conductive concrete, developed by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is for the most part the same as regular concrete, but 20 percent of its ingredients aren’t exactly standard: steel shavings and carbon particles, which give the mix enough conductivity that it can melt ice and snow while remaining safe to the touch.

Designed by civil engineer Chris Tuan, the conductive concrete is currently being assessed by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is looking into the possibilities of incorporating the snow-melting surface into the tarmac of at least one major airport as part of a trial.

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Apr 12, 2019

A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health


The rise of Candida auris embodies a serious and growing public health threat: drug-resistant germs.

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Apr 12, 2019

The First Group of Female Cosmonauts Were Trained to Conquer the Final Frontier

Posted by in categories: military, space

In early 1962, members of the male space squad gathered at a dining room in Star City and were joined by Yuri Gagarin. “Congratulations! Get ready to welcome the girls in a few days,” announced Gagarin.

“We, a tiny group of military test pilots selected for the space program, had been living together as one big family in Star City for two years. We shared struggles and knew everything about each other, and now we had to accept new members to our family,” recalled cosmonaut Georgi Shonin.

“When we started training together, it was very unusual to hear soft and feminine call signs Chaika (seagull) or Bereza (birch) instead of solid and firm Sokol (falcon) or Rubin (ruby),” Shonin continues. “Their intonations alone were telling. If a voice was sonorous, everything went as planned. But sometimes their voices sounded pitiful. That meant the instructor was practicing certain failures of the system with them, and Bereza or Chaika was trying to fix the problem.”

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